A multifamily building is a building that contains more than two residential dwelling units, such as townhouses or apartment buildings, but does not contain any commercial tenants, such as retail or office spaces.
Duplexes are a special case, treated like single-family dwellings for construction permits, but treated as multifamily buildings when it comes to land use permits.
3+ unit buildings
New construction and most alterations of multifamily buildings will require plan review as part of the construction permit approval process. If your project is minor in nature, please refer to CAM 316, Subject-to-Field-Inspection Permits, to determine whether your project qualifies for a Subject-to-Field-Inspection (STFI) permit.
Emergency Repair Permits
Emergency repairs to the systems covered by DPD trade permits, due to landslides, earthquakes or other disasters that cause structural damage, typically receive priority handling in the permit process. For more specific information and application instructions, see emergency permit requests.
Fees are collected at the time of application and are based on application type and varying factors. Fees are subject to update on a yearly basis. For the most complete and up-to-date fee listing, see the DPD Fee Subtitle.
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